First-Year Student FAQ

Q: How and when do I get my Connecticut College email address?

A.  Class of 2018: Your Connecticut College email address and password will be provided to you in early June, so please check your email often and keep us informed of any change. If you need to change the personal email address on file with us, please contact or the IT Service Desk at 860-439-4357.

Once you have activated your College email account, we will use it to send you important information and updates throughout the summer. Please check that email address at least weekly; starting in early June, we will send updates and information only to the Connecticut College email address only. In late July, you'll get an email letting you know your room assignment and who your roommate(s) will be.

If you don’t activate and check your Connecticut College email, you will miss important information. You will also need that email address to register online for fall courses. If you don’t get your College email address, contact the IT Service Desk at 860-439-4357.

Q: What kinds of mailings, forms and correspondence should I expect, especially with due dates?

A. Class of 2018: You will receive letters, emails and postcards along with other materials, and will receive an Enrollment Guide with many forms to fill out and return. The due dates are clearly stated on the forms and on a checklist in the Guide. The forms will also be posted online, should you need replacements. 

Q: When does Orientation begin?

A. Class of 2018: New student Orientation begins on Arrival Day (the day all first-year students arrive), Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. More information about Orientation will be sent to you. Classes begin on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Classes will NOT be held on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. 

Q: What activities are scheduled for families on Arrival Day? When do families depart?

A. Class of 2018:  Move-in is on Arrival Day, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (Genesis and Odyssey participants move in on Aug. 21.) Students and families should arrive at their residence hall starting at 9 a.m. They'll be greeted, given their key and swipe card, move in, meet their roommate(s) and get settled before the first event of the day. The parents will attend their own Arrival Day activities in the morning while students head off to start Orientation. At the end of the day, there will be a closing reception for parents and students, after which parents will say goodbye and depart, around 5 p.m. A Program for Parents and families will be posted at a later date.

To make your arrival on campus easier, please enter and proceed around campus using these maps. On Arrival Day, to allow unloading, some roads become one-way.

Area 1: Freeman, Jane Addams, Harkness and Knowlton residents

Area 2: Larrabee, Katharine Blunt, Burdick, Smith, Blackstone, Branford, Plant and Windham residents

Area 3: Wright, Park, Johnson, Morrison, Lambdin and Hamilton residents

Q: What can you tell me about my room?

We've tried to anticipate all your questions your room. You'll find answers in the Residential Life section.

Q: How do I sign up for the meal plan?

A. You're automatically signed up for the meal plan as a matriculated student. The plan consists of three meals per day, Monday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. In addition to the dining halls on campus, there is a snack shop in "Cro," the College Center at Crozier-Williams. Students may use their student ID, the Camel Card, for purchases at the Oasis Snack Shop until the Dining Dollars allotted at the beginning of the each semester is depleted. ($45 per semester for a full meal plan) Once the Dining Dollars account is depleted, students may use their Camel Cash account at the Oasis Snack Shop and all dining halls. Please see the Camel Card website for details about Camel Cash and how to add money to a Camel Cash account. Unused Dining Dollar amounts on the student's account in the fall semester may carry over to the spring semester. However, please keep in mind that any balance remaining at the end of the spring semester does not carry over to the fall and is lost if not used.

Q: How do I pay for my laundry?

Washers and dryers are provided in each residence hall. All new students will be issued a laundry card that they can add funds onto for use in the washers and dryers. "Add Value" machines are located in the College Center at Crozier-Williams, Harris Refectory and Freeman House residence hall so students can add money to the laundry card. Additional information is forthcoming for Fall 2014. 

Q: How much money will I need for books and supplies?

A. Books can cost up to $600 per semester, depending on the classes you sign up for. The Bookshop on campus sells new and used books, notebooks, and other academic supplies. Many students also put signs up around campus advertising books they are selling at discount prices. If you plan on taking an art course, the Bookshop carries most of the supplies that you will need, at a 10-25% off the suggested retail price.

At the end of each semester, the Bookshop allows students to sell their books back and receive a percentage of the cost of the books.

Q: Where do I get a bank account?

Bank Accounts

For students' convenience, an ATM is located in the College Center ("Cro") next to the Bookshop. It is served by Citizens Bank, which also has a branch in New London. Students who don't already have bank accounts can set one up at any bank of their choosing. Also a few area banks will be on campus on arrival day for that purpose.

All student employees are required to enroll for direct deposit with a bank to receive their paychecks. The College will directly deposit an employee's paycheck into any U.S. bank; it doesn't have to be a bank that is local to the College.

Bookshop Account

All students may open an account at the Bookshop in the Student Center. It is a very convenient way to pay for books and all other needs at the Bookshop. These accounts are deposit accounts - parents or students can deposit funds up front, to be used as needed throughout the year. Cash, checks and credit cards can be used to pay for these accounts. The Bookshop can accept payments over the phone, by mail or through email. For more information, email

Q: Are there computers on campus for student use? Should I bring my own computer?

A. During the Shain Library renovation beginning in June 2014, open-access computer stations will be available at many convenient locations across campus. Please visit the Shain Reno website "Computers and Printing/Scanning" section for all details.  

Around exam periods, open access workstations tend to get very crowded. For this reason, as well as for convenience, we strongly encourage you to arrive on campus with a computer and appropriate Ethernet capability. Whether your computer is a laptop or a desktop, you can use network resources from your room. With a laptop, you can also access the network from the library, laboratories and classrooms, and via wireless access points around campus.

The campus supports both Apple and Windows computers. You can buy your computer from one of the vendors listed on the College's online computer store. The College does not profit from this arrangement, which offers substantial discounts on select models of Dell, Mac and HP computers. In addition, by choosing one of these models, you're more likely to find support staff on campus who are familiar with your machine.

Q: How do I get my student ID?

A. IDs - your Camel Card - will be distributed on Arrival Day. Students should arrive at their residence hall at 9 a.m. You'll be greeted by housefellows, floor governors and student advisers and will be able to get your ID and room key at the same time.

Q: How should I send things to the College before my arrival on campus?

A. Send by U. S. Post Office parcel post, FedEx or UPS. Parcels sent by UPS can be picked up from the campus post office on Arrival Day, Friday, August 22, 2014, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., on again on Saturday, August 23 and Monday, August 25. Information about your campus mailbox and combination will be sent to you over the summer.

Address on all parcels must include your college campus box number (if available) and most importantly your class year, "Class of 20XX." Pack your belongings in boxes small enough to carry since there are no delivery services to the residential houses. Packages should be limited to 50 pounds.

For example:

Name of Student
Connecticut College
Box Number
Class of 20XX
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196

There should be a gold slip in your campus mailbox to notify you that your UPS parcel has arrived. You will need the gold slip and a photo ID to pick up your packages, since you will not yet have your student ID. If your packages arrived by parcel post, you will get a pink notification slip in your mailbox.

Q: Can I bring a car to campus?

A. Beginning with the incoming Class of 2015, freshmen were longer allowed to have cars on campus. You may find that you don’t need a car at Connecticut College. There are numerous transportation alternatives, including Zipcar, the Camel Van shuttle, SEAT (the local city bus) and several taxi services. Many students also use bicycles to get around campus and off. Learn more about these options in our transportation section.

Q: What is the best way to get from the airport or train station to Connecticut College?

A. Please see the "Getting Here and Getting Around" section of the website for complete travel information by car, train, bus or plane.

Q: What are the local attractions, best restaurants, and lodging in surrounding area?

A. Visit our "Area Hotels and Dining" pages for dining and lodging suggestions. New students will also receive the booklet "Over the Hump," which also includes a list of restaurants, shops and things to do in the New London area.